Body Found in Cobb County
Cobb County police report discovering the body of a person reported as missing since last weekend after finding it burned up at an outdoor encampment near I-75 and Ernest Barrett Parkway. Unfortunately, no information regarding what caused or who may have died can be provided at this time.
Police task forces dedicated to missing and murdered young blacks have reported yet another death investigation, this time concerning an unknown black male between 16-24 years of age who may be related. The victim remains unidentified at this point in time.
Family of this man reported him missing after they noticed they hadn’t heard from him in several days – their only source of income, according to them. They believe something is amiss when he didn’t return with their belongings or phone calls from Atlanta for work.
Recently, three bodies were pulled from the Chattahoochee River in Cobb County – each young black males. Investigation into those deaths continues, while police suspect this latest discovery may also be linked to murder.
Medical officials have identified the man found this evening as 21-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne. Last seen alive at his Atlanta South Side residence on Aug 9, police are trying to establish their relationship with his reported missing woman as well as why he ended up in the river; there have been no definitive answers provided yet by medical examiner’s office regarding possible suicide attempts; nothing has been ruled out as yet either.
Cobb County Sgt. Dana Pierce told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the victim, age 78, was reported missing Sunday and held for questioning in connection with his death by his grandson and suspect’s girlfriend, neither of which released any cause of his demise. Pierce refused to release information as to his cause of death.
Hasith Nawarathne went missing 10 days ago from Kennesaw and police found his car Sunday with the body inside in a Kroger parking lot off Cascade Avenue. The family told Channel 2 that Hasith Nawarathne was hard working individual who took great pride in caring for his elderly mother.
GBI Region 10 serves most of metro Atlanta. Police agencies often request that the GBI handle investigations into officer-involved shootings, corruption cases and other criminal matters that arise within this region. However, in rural areas like Cobb County where resources may be more limited, investigations often fall to local agencies whose investigations may not always be as thorough. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation does not investigate every officer-involved shooting that takes place in Georgia; their investigative methods depend on available resources and urgency of each incident. At present, they are conducting an independent review into a shooting in Cobb County; click here for more on this story. All Rights are Reserved by 2023 WANF.